Destination guide

Cosy up in quaint High Peak District holiday cottages

The northernmost cut-out of Derbyshire county is a seriously beautiful place. It's largely encompassed by the boundaries of the Peak District National Park – England's first national reserve and a patchwork of rolling heathland and moors. The area contains the loftiest point in the region – Kinder Scout, at 2,000-feet-plus high – from where sweeping views of the Midlands unfold on all sides. That all adds up to make High Peak District holiday lettings a real escape from the buzz of city life. Expect hiking paths to weave away from their doorsteps and quaint stone villages to be the nearest neighbours.

Things to do

The main attractions in High Peak District

From 1,000-year-old fortresses to sculpted mountain ridges, there are some top-notch attractions to keep you busy in the High Peak District. The haunting outline of Peveril Castle is surely bup there with the most fascinating. It was built by Henry II in the 12th century, and its Gothic keep rears above the leafy valleys – expect cracking views. The summit of Kinder Scout is another draw. It lives up to "High Peak" name, with a ridge that looks out across the Midlands, and even across to Snowdonia, in Wales, on clear days. And then there are the draws of Buxton town. Those who book High Peak District holiday homes there can delve into the deep tunnels of Poole's Cavern or enjoy the manicured lawns of the Pavilion Gardens.

Outdoor activities

Hiking from the door of High Peak District holiday homes

This corner of the Peak District National Park is squiggled with trails and hiking paths aplenty. Popular ascents can take you from the doorstep of rustic High Peak District holiday cottages to the tip of Kinder Scout – the highest point in Derbyshire. Keep your eyes peeled for the gushing waterfall and visions of boulder-studded moorlands as you climb. Mam Tor is another popular place to pull on the boots. It hosts an Iron-Age hill fort and rugged slopes of shale above the green Hope Valley. Other, easier walks can be found ringing the lush banks of Ladybower Reservoir.

How to get around

Travelling through the High Peak District

There are 2 main sections to the High Peak District – the rural and the uber-rural. That might sound like getting around on public transport would be difficult, but there are actually regular train links running back and forth from Manchester and Stockport, via the local town of Buxton. A number of local bus links on the High Peak routes from Buxton can also get you out to the less-trodden villages in the countryside. Coming to High Peak District holiday lettings with your own wheels makes things a lot easier, though, giving the freedom to drive straight up to disconnected towns like Castleton and Edale.

Essential info

High Peak District facts and figures

  • The population of the whole region totals just over 90,000
  • Manchester Airport is the closest major airport to the High Peak District
  • The High Peak District is home to the highest point in the Peak District National Park – Kinder Scout, at over 2,000 feet
  • Snow can be common in the Peak District during the winter
  • Most people visit the Peak District during the summer months, between June and August

How many holiday rentals are available around High Peak District?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,354 holiday lettings around High Peak District. From 878 cottages to 173 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in High Peak District?

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Escape the hustle and bustle and fall in love with the glamour and charm of rural life. HomeAway has 439 rural getaway rentals in this destination. Want to try a different setting? See if any of our other properties steal your heart. Our range here includes:

  • 319 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 91 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 84 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in High Peak District in a large group?

The recipe for the perfect escape is hanging out with friends and family in an entirely new place. If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway can help you. The leading choice for bigger groups here are cottage holiday rentals, and we have 122 currently listed. If you're hoping to travel in a larger group, the holiday rentals that can cater to you include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 252 properties just right for that size. Book a night for as little as £60.
  • If you've got 8 in your crew, you'll be pleased to find out that there are 110 rental accommodation perfect. The starting price is £55 per night.
  • Seeking rental properties to suit 5 people? You'll be pleased to know we have 98 that'll be perfect. You can secure one for as little as £39 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring your aunt, your brother and all your besties to High Peak District.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in High Peak District?

HomeAway is here to help you reconnect with your closest friends and family. Offering a fantastic range of reasonably priced holiday rentals, you're sure to discover an incredible hideout that caters to one and all. Spinningfields is a bargain-hunter's dream. And with 73 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £97 a night, it's not difficult to see why. Another 75 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Northern Quarter. With an average price of £99 a night, you're sure to get a deal worth boasting to your friends about.